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healing4us
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   Posted 1/29/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok let me begin by explaining my family history on Breast Cancer.  Both Grandparents had cancer on my dad's side she was diagnosed in her 30's or 40's.  My aunt's on my mother's side all have had some form of cancer wether it was ovarian, uterus or breast cancer.  A few almost didn't make it but they all battled it and lived.  My cousin on my mothers side was just diagnosed a little over a year ago and she is a few years older than me. 
 
Throughout the summer I noticed a brown discharge under my lower breast through my shirt it had soaked my bra and shirt but I wasn't concerned because I had a surgery done 2 years ago that has been a long recovery.  It was a full thorasic repair.  So last sunday I was cleaning my boys room and I noticed that my shirt was soaked again by my right breast.  I pulled the shirt out and it was extremely oily and sticky.  It was hard to wipe off my hand.  I thought maybe I had spilled something but couldn't think of anything and the pad I had in was soaked.  So we threw everything in the washer and I didn't think much about it until the same thing happened again Monday.  I decided Monday night to look on line at what may be causing it and I saw that it could be a sign of cancer if it is oily and clear or bloody.  So I called the doctor and his assistant saw me that day.  She tried to get fluid to come out but wasn't sucessfull.  It only happens sometimes and I can't make it happen.  I have had other leakage but that I can get to come out this was a lot and just weired.  So anyways she checked for a lump and we both couldn't feel any however the pectus bone from the surgery does fall over into the breast a little bit.  She checked under my arm and didn't say anything.  She said you poor thing and I just froze and said why what is wrong.  She stopped for a second and told me she felt bad for everything I have already endured so I started breathing again.  I also saw online that itching can also be a concern and I never thought much about it just that I itch sometimes and I can't get it to stop.  When the oil leaked there were a few red bumps that looked like little bites but by the time I went in they were gone.  I had showed my husband and we just both thought it was strange.  So I go in for an ultrasound on Tuesday morning but I don't think they are going to find a lump and if they don't I'm not sure that I will feel 100% that I am clear.  I had cervical cancer when I was young and had part of my cervix removed and after all 3 kids were born they did  a partial hysterectomy.  I still have my ovaries which I should also probably have checked.  I had the hysterectomy at the age of 26 and I am now 33.  I have several other health factors and this has by far been the most concerning.  I can deal with it either way but I do not want to be that patient that didn't have enough information and in a year we find out that we missed something.  If this is truely a sign that something is wrong then I want to catch it and if it isn't I want to be able to sleep at night knowing that I did all I could do to catch it.  Thanks for any help in finding the right resources that I need.  The doctor did call yesterday morning to find out how I was doing and if she could answer any questions.  I think they are more worried than what she is leading on.  She brought the doctor in the room so we could all 3 talk before I left the office.  I am extremely concerned..

Tavish
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   Posted 1/29/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, glad you are breathing again...but definitely don't stop till you have an answer.
You have extensive family history of cancers, which may be coincidental, or it may be related...either way, it is crucial information and is more reason why the doctors need to take you very seriously.
My advice is to document anything unusual so that you can be sure to report all symptoms to the doctors, without forgetting anything. If the leaking starts again, consider saving the soiled garment or pad in a ziploc baggie in the fridge, it should stay moist for a while and maybe it will give them some clues.
It may be nothing at all, perhaps a burst cyst. However, you are doing the right thing by getting it checked out. Get copies of your reports for your records. Be your own advocate and don't stop till you have an answer that is based on sound evidence (not just a hunch).
Keep us posted...
Lori


JUJU8872
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   Posted 1/30/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll add here that if you are not comfortable with the results, get another opinion. Do not stop until you are comfortable with what your docs are saying.

Judy

postal2
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   Posted 1/31/2010 2:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I agee with Lori and Judy, get some answers and don't stop till you do. If anything, I have learned to be my own advocate after being diagnosed. Sometimes it take some pushing to get them to listen!

Please keep us informed......we care!

Gail
  Be the kind of woman that when you feet hit the floor in the morning,
                     
                                    The DEVIL say's,
 
                                "Oh crap!  She's up!!


healing4us
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   Posted 2/2/2010 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you I appreciated. I feel like it isn't real sometimes but here is the latest. I'm in a bit of a fog I guess but will stay strong. Today they talked me into a mamogram and one breast came back the one is questioned she said had some thickining in it so then we were on to the ultrasound. They found 4 masses one bigger than the other 3 and they are going to biopsy the bigger one tomorrow morning at 10:30. He feels it will give them the answers they need and doing all 4 would be to painfull as I had my previous surgery. He said that sometimes an injury can mimic cancer on an ultra sound. It was a 4 hour apt and the doctor came and looked through the ultra sound pictures and talked to me at the same time. It was a little shocking when a doctor I didn't know came into the room. I have a lot of different feelings but I am confident that no matter the outcome I will overcome this obstacle and I just need to feel blessed that I am young and they will have caught it early. I have overcome so many obstacles and this I will also overcome.

postal2
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   Posted 2/3/2010 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad to hear your doctors are being thorough! You are in my thoughts and prayers and please let us know how it goes. We are all here for you.

Gail
  Be the kind of woman that when you feet hit the floor in the morning,
                     
                                    The DEVIL say's,
 
                                "Oh crap!  She's up!!


healing4us
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   Posted 2/3/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok biopsy is done. If it comes back benine then she recommends that I go in every 6 months to have an ultrasound and keep an eye on the other 3 we didn't biopsy. I found out last night we have a massive amount of cancer in our family and my mom just lost a cousin to cancer last week. They don't see this massive amounts of family cancer very often so they have offered some genetic research and consultation but then they said we would wait until the biopsy comes back tomorrow. I am hopefully that it isn't benine.

healing4us
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   Posted 2/3/2010 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I meant that I am hopefull and most likely benine. Guess my mind isn't working too well lately.
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